The Record Collection

Elmo Hope: Hope-Full (1961)

Riverside 9408
OJCCD 1872

Track list:

01 – Underneath
02 – Yesterdays
03 – When Johnny Comes Marching Home
04 – Most Beautiful
05 – Blues Left and Right
06 – Liza (All the Clouds’ll Roll Away)
07 – My Heart Stood Still
08 – Moonbeams

Personnel:

Elmo Hope – piano solos
Elmo & Bertha Hope – piano duos (#2,5,7)

Recorded at Bell Sound Studios, New York City; November 9 and 14, 1961.

Producer: Orrin Keepnews
Recording engineer: Bill Stoddard

Digital re-mastering, 1995: Phil De Lancie

Liner notes: Ira Gitler

Cover design: Ken deardoff
Photography: Steve Schapiro

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During the early years of the bop revolution, few of its younger pianists recorded unaccompanied solos.

Even by 1961, solo albums by the bop musicians were considered a bit unusual, but Elmo Hope (an underrated composer and pianist) fares quite well during this Riverside set, which has been reissued on CD.

Hope is joined by his wife Bertha on second piano during three of the eight numbers, most notably on a swinging “Blues Left and Right.”

Of the solo pieces, Elmo Hope is at his best on “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” and a cocktailish, but appealing, version of “Liza.”
— allmusic.com
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